PowerPoint won't save your presentation to CD: Now what?

You might not be able to copy a presentation directly onto a CD if your CD burning program is incompatible with PowerPoint's Publish Package For CD feature. Luckily, you can use a trick to dodge this limitation.

If Windows won't copy your PowerPoint presentation directly to CD when you try PowerPoint's Publish Package For CD feature, it could be because your computer's CD writing program is incompatible with PowerPoint's direct CD burning feature. You can still save to CD. However, you will need to save the package as a folder on your hard disk and then use your CD burning program to copy the folder to the CD. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to File | Package For CD. In PowerPoint 2007, click the Office Button, select Publish, and click Package For CD (Figure A).

Figure A

  1. Click the Copy To Folder button.
  2. Click the Browse button.
  3. In the Choose Location dialog box, navigate to the folder where you want to save the CD package folder on your hard drive (Figure B) and click Select.

Figure B

  1. Click OK and then click Yes if a message box appears.
  2. Close PowerPoint.

The presentation CD is now ready for you to copy with your CD writing program. If you don't want to use your own program, you can use the Windows XP CD Writing Wizard to save your Presentation CD folder. Follow these steps:

  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to and right-click on the Presentation folder and then click Copy.
  2. Navigate to My Computer and open the CD drive.
  3. Right-click a blank area of the CD drive window and click Paste.
  4. Click Write These Files To CD in the left task pane.
  5. Follow the instructions in the CD Writing Wizard to copy the folder to the CD (Figure C).

Figure C

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But you need to have PowerPoint installed in your computer to view them.I do not think that Nero would turn PowerPoint into a VCD or DVD.


Thanks for the tip, but (having no interes in a bike shed discussion) is this a weakness in documentation or testing? I'm sure MS intends PowerPoint's "Publish Package for CD" to be a feature, and I'm sure it works as intended. On the other hand, I'm sure most users expect any file created or modified with any software to work with the CD burner they use. Special cases could (should?) be handled in documentation, while mismatches could (should?) be caught in testing. Couldn't (shouldn't) they? I think so, but . . .


Could you save a step by directly saving the package file to: %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning ? Then you could just burn directly in XP without having to copy and paste to the cd burning drive.


When you right-click on the presentation folder in Explorer, instead of the Copy-Paste steps, you can, at least on my system, alternatively select "Send To" CD-RW drive. This gets you more directly to the CD Writing Wizard.


Pretty basic, but I had forgotten this, and appreciate the refresher.


If need be, you can even use pack n' go to include the viewer on the CD, then launch the presentation inside the viewer, which is a standalone exe

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